9 Things to do When You Need a Break From Your Laptop

Written about
27th January 2016

No matter how much I love blogging, or how easily I can get lost in the internet, there comes a time when I need a break from the screen. I'm on a computer all day at work, sometimes the last thing I want to do is come home and open my laptop.

But what can I do away from my laptop? Seemingly all entertainment relies on a digital screen - even the majority of my reading does - but here are some easy alternatives.

1. Bake up a storm
This past weekend I've delved into the gorgeous Great British Bake Off book I got for Christmas. I may not be into tiered cake territory yet, but tier one went down a storm.

2. Read printed words
If an e-reader does the job, then switch to the alternative screen, but don't forget the pleasure of a real book. Coffee table books are a joy to get lost in when you have the time.

3. Colour in
I dedicated a whole post to colouring in because I find it such a source of relaxation. There are endless pages to discover now, even mini options if you don't want to commit to an intricate master piece. Highly recommended it.

4. Plan your next trip
Granted, most of the wanderlust trail is online now, but if you've got your guide book for your next destination ready to go, read up on the customs, the must-sees and need-to-knows of your next trip. Lonely Planet guides are a must.

5. Learn a new language (or a new skill)
I'm in the midst of one of my endless tries at learning French, switching between the Assimil book and Duolingo on my phone (the latter you can do anywhere - plus you get points. Bonus). I'm determined to get somewhere near fluent!
Pick a language or just pick a new thing, there's plenty out there so find something that appeals and create a new hobby. Let YouTube be your teacher and get started.

6. Organise your self
Put pen to paper and get planning. Jot down all your important upcoming dates (events, birthdays, deadlines etc), create a list of 'to write' blog posts for when you next hit your keyboard or even write your to-read or to-watch list to give you something to work through.

7. Get photographing
Good light? Close your laptop and get through a batch of photos. You'll have folders full ready to create a blog post or Instagram content and it means you're not stuck waiting for the next sunny day. It's also a great way to practice your photography or teach yourself a new setting on your camera, play with different objects and trial wildlife or portrait shots if you're in the right setting.

8. Beautify
A pretty obvious one if you're looking for a destress whilst away from your screen. Face mask, long bath, deep exfoliation or a proper manicure - the list could fill hours if you want to commit. Likewise, take the opportunity to play with make-up, play with products you always neglect or try that beauty look you've always admired but may not be brave enough to create for your 9-5.

9. Go outside!
And the final option - get out there! The internet is glorious, as is a heated bed (I've just got an electric blanket and my life is heaps cosier), but the outside is more so. Grab a chum and go for a stroll, or rack up those scenic outfit shots, this is especially great if you're struggling through writer's block. A change of scenery has an immense effect on your mindset and creativity.